58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014.

  • Priority theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.
  • Review theme: Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work (agreed conclusions from the fifty-fifth session).
  • Emerging issue: Women’s access to productive resources.

The Australian Government delegation to CSW58 worked alongside its international counterparts, to examine and debate critical issues relating to gender equality, women’s and girls’ human rights, and women’s empowerment in a post-2015 development context. Ultimately, the Agreed Conclusions from CSW58 represent a solid outcome, calling for gender equality and the empowerment of women and the human rights of women and girls to be reflected as a stand-alone goal in any new post-2015 development framework, and for these principles to be integrated through targets and indicators in all other goals.

Australian Delegation to CSW58

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, delivered Australia’s National Statement at the fifty-eighth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on 11 March 2014.

Members of the delegation:

  • Ms Natasha Stott Despoja, Ambassador for Women and Girls;
  • Ms Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission;
  • Three senior government representatives from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
  • Dr Brooke Thomas, Chief of Staff, Office of the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women;
  • Ms Julie McKay, Executive Director UN Women Australia, Non-government delegate; and
  • Dr Susan Harris Rimmer, Director of Studies, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University, non-government delegate.

The Australian Government co-hosted two official side events related to the priority theme titled:

  • Millenium Development Goals 3 in the Pacific – Now and Beyond - Key Achievements and Challenges in Progressing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment; and
  • Women’s participation in peace processes: How can the international community support women’s leadership in conflict resolution?

The Australian Delegation made a statement following the adoption of the CSW58 Agreed Conclusions


On Tuesday 13 May 2014 the Report of the Australian Government Delegation to the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was tabled in parliament. This report provides a detailed account of the delegations participation in CSW58 as well as an analysis of the Agreed Conclusions in relation to Australia’s priorities during negotiations

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